Friday, 9 May 2014
I Catch Three Trains
In order to get home from work today, I caught three trains within fifty minutes, this despite there being a direct line from Wrexham General to Shrewsbury and roughly one train per hour in each direction.
One minute into my first train journey, I realised I'd left my purse on my desk. My purse contained my return ticket, my Shrewsbury Coffeehouse loyalty card, and everything else. I searched through my bag, calculating my chances of getting past the ticket barriers at Shrewsbury and managing a weekend without my bank card. I searched through my bag again. And again.
I got off the train at the next station and crossed over the bridge to the opposite platform. Four minutes later, I was headed back to Wrexham.
I spent the six minutes it takes to travel from Ruabon to Wrexham General imagining what I'd say if the guard came along the carriage checking tickets. I regretted wearing my pink coat. By the time we reached Wrexham, I still hadn't decided on the best approach.
Back at the office, I found my purse where I'd left it.
On my way out, I bumped into a colleague. We chatted about the day, solved a few issues and laughed at some absurdities.
As I walked to Wrexham General, I wondered whether buying a return ticket to Ruabon for my earlier free journeys would be interpreted by Arriva Trains Wales as a sign of my gratitude for the benefits of their timetabling.